Telogis Co-Founders Honored for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Orange County Business Journal honored Newth Morris and Jason Koch for their leadership over the company’s 14-year history
IRVINE, Calif. – March 19, 2015 – Two of Telogis’ co-founders, Newth Morris and Jason Koch were honored yesterday with the Excellence in Entrepreneurship award from the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) for having distinguished themselves by their foresight, determination and accomplishments throughout Telogis’ 14-year history. The OCBJ’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship program is designed to recognize individuals who exemplify the American entrepreneurial spirit and through creativity and determination, and have established and nurtured successful business ventures.
Telogis was founded in 2001 by Morris and Koch in Orange County, Calif. and by Ralph Mason in Christchurch, New Zealand. Mason remains the company’s chief technology officer, overseeing the global R&D team in Christchurch, while Morris and Koch lead Telogis’ connected vehicle technology product lines from its headquarters in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
“Putting down Telogis’ roots in Orange County has allowed Telogis to draw from the local talent pool and convince others to join us here because of the undeniable quality of life,” said Morris. “The local business culture in OC has always fostered the entrepreneurial spirit – especially in technology – and has been the ideal place to grow our business.”
Telogis has evolved into a leading connected vehicle technology provider, powering some of the world’s largest mobile enterprises. The company develops and markets a comprehensive cloud-based software platform for companies that require advanced telematics, route optimization, commercial-grade navigation, work order management and mobile integration services for their mobile workforces.
“We’ve grown our presence significantly in Orange County and around the world in the last couple of years, and yet we’ve been able to hold onto and celebrate Telogis’ fast-paced culture of collaboration and excellence,” said Koch. “This award is representative of more than the contribution of just us as its co-founders; it’s recognition of the hard work and determination of the more than 600 professionals who deliver the best solutions and service to our customers every day.”
In October 2013 Telogis secured Southern California’s largest institutional funding round that year ($93 million, its first outside funding), led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Telogis is using the investment to further capitalize on the market and continue to focus on providing technologies and solutions that enable enterprises and organizations to optimize the management of their mobile assets including better data collection and analysis. Telogis also announced strategic investments from Fontinalis Partners, a private equity firm founded by William Clay Ford, Jr. (“Bill Ford”) and from GM Ventures, the investment group within General Motors.
Hundreds of thousands of assets, vehicles and workers are visible on the Telogis platform today in more than 100 countries, and Telogis collaborates closely with several vehicle and equipment manufacturers to design and develop best-fit solutions. Telogis provides built-in technologies for the world’s top vehicle and equipment manufacturers including Ford, GM, Hino Trucks (a Toyota Group Company), Volvo, Mack, Isuzu and Manitowoc Cranes – with more to come.
Telogis, Inc., the platform for connected intelligence, is dedicated to enhancing the value of its customers’ businesses through intelligent integration of location technology, information and services. Telogis was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., with offices in Europe and Latin America as well as development centers in Austin, Texas; Toronto; and Christchurch, New Zealand. Telogis’ products and services are used and distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. To learn more about Telogis, visit www.telogis.com or call toll free at 866-TELOGIS (866-835-6447).